Cremated Remains of Phoenix Woman -- Lost by U.S. Postal Service -- Recovered
Mabel Bink's been found!
United States Postal Service officials confirm to New Times that the cremated remains of the 89-year-old Bink have been recovered and are back with her family in Chicago.
"She's back home," USPS spokesman Mark Reynolds tells New Times.
In short, Bink, a now-former Phoenix resident, died last month, and her cremated remains were lost by the USPS as they were being shipped from Phoenix to Chicago.
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Reynolds says the package containing Bink's remains, and a large vault, were found at a USPS processing center in Chicago yesterday -- just a day after news of the snafu broke.
It's unclear what led to the mishap -- Reynolds says USPS officials are in the process of investigating the chain of command for the package.
The USPS got a lot of heat for losing the remains -- losing a cremated body tends to be a bigger deal than losing, say, a birthday card.
The media scrutiny, it seems, lit a fire under the ass of postal employees. Reynolds says those involved in the search went all the way to the top.
"We had everyone looking for her -- this was a joint effort by all departments," he says. "The regional vice-president was even involved."
The family plans to reschedule a funeral service for Bink in the next week or two.